UCLA PLI Cohort 19

Congratulations

PLI congratulates and celebrates the following alumni for their recent promotions and achievements.

Please send updates about your promotions and achievements, as well as any YouTube videos or pictures, to Nataly Birch at .

November 2021 Update

Teresa Battenburg, Cohort 2, was promoted to Education Programs Consultant for the California Department of Education.

Jennifer Yoo, Cohort 2, was promoted to Lead Director for the North Hollywood/Valley Village and Panorama Community of Schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Craig Wiblemo, Cohort 3, was promoted to Director of Human Resources for the Escondido Union High School District.

Justin Lowe, Cohort 5, was promoted to Principal at J.M. Wright Technical School in the Connecticut Technical High School System.

Cynthia Sanchez, Cohort 5, as promoted to Director of Educational Technology ant Pomona Unified School.

Lisa Gaa, Cohort 6, was promoted to Instruction and Intervention Coordinator at Prisk Elementary School in the Long Beach Unified School District.

Joey Hailpern, Cohort 7, was promoted to Chief Operating Office at InnovateK12. In addition, Joey was Principal at Braeside Elementary School at North Shore School District that received the National Blue Ribbon for Exemplary Performance.

Kimberly Andrew, Cohort 8, was promoted to Dean of Students at Whitney High School in the ABC Unified School District.

Cynthia Gonzalez, Cohort 9, was promoted to Director of Pilot School Support in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Alice Lai, Cohort 10, was promoted to Director at the District Management Group.

Liz Maldonado, Cohort 10, was promoted to Principal at Torch Middle School in the Bassett Unified School District.

Shanika Honeycutt, Cohort 12, was promoted to Secondary Math Coordinator in the Los Angeles Unified School District Local District East.

Michael Park, Cohort 12, was promoted to Assistant Principal at Kim Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Lex Villa,cohort 12, was promoted to Targeted Student Population at Lincoln High School in Los Angeles Unified School District.

Kenya Williams, Cohort 14, was promoted to Director, A-G under the Office of the Superintendent in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Michelle Lee, Cohort 15, was promoted to Verizon Innovative Learning School Instructional Technology coach at Webster Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Brent Wozniak, Cohort 15, was promoted to Principal at America’s Finest Charter High School.

Ngay Tang, Cohort 16, was promoted to TK-12 Instructional Expert in the Los Angeles Unified School District Local District Central.

Ricardo Cueva, Cohort 17, was promoted to Assistant Principal at Math, Science and Technoloy Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Amy Lozano, Cohort 17, was promoted to Principal in Residence at Alliance Renee and Meyer Luskin Academy.

Erick Barrios, Cohort 18, was promoted to Assistant Principal at Woodlawn Avenue Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Alondra Johnson, Cohort 18, was promoted to Assistant Principal at Cloverdale Elementary School in Moreno Valley Unified School District.

Pedro De Leon, Cohort 18, was promoted to Science Instructional Coach at Huntington Park Institute of Applied Medicine at Linda Marquez High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Jacquelyn Walker, Cohort 18, was promoted to Community School Coordinator at the Baldwin Hills Elementary Pilot and Gifted Magnet in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Jessica Stewart-Keys, Cohort 20, was promoted to Magnet and Intervention Coordinator at Florence Griffith Joyner Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Rachel Dario Endriga, Cohort 21 , was promoted to Program Specialist for the Division of Special Education in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Danielle Vinas, Cohort 21, was promoted to Assistant Principal at Crescent Heights Social Justice and STEAM Magnet Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

September 2021 Update

Torray Johnson, Cohort 7, was promoted to Assistant Principal of Student Services at Beverly Hills High School in the Beverly Hills Unified School District.

D’Anza Smith-Rodriguez, Cohort 8, was promoted to Director of School Transformation, Secondary Literacy at the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools.

Lorraine Persons-Johnson, Cohort 11, was promoted to Principal at Hillcrest Drive Music Magnet and Dual Language Academy in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Kiechelle Russell, Cohort 13, was promoted to Assistant Principal Elementary Instruction Specialist at 74th Street Elementary in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Tammi Howard, Cohort 15, was promoted to HEET (Humanizing Education for Equitable Transformation) Equity Coach at YES Academy in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Mikle McBride, Cohort 15, was promoted to Assistant Director for Workforce Development in the Long Beach Unified School District.

Sheena Roybal, Cohort 17, was promoted to a Program Specialist at Ontario-Montclair School District.

April Williams, Cohort 17, was promoted to Assistant Principal at Foshay Learning Center in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Necole Haywood, Cohort 18, was promoted to Standard English Learner Coach at Academy English Mastery Program at Seventy-Fourth Street Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Arturo Chavez, Cohort 20, was promoted to Coordinator of Schools and Condition in the School Community Partnerships Department at Kern County.

Jessica Ly, Cohort 20, was promoted to Assistant Principal at San Antonio High School and Assistant Coordinator of Alternative Education for Claremont Unified School District.

Candice Smith, Cohort 20, was promoted to Assistant Principal at Elementary Instructional Services in the Los Angeles Unified School District Local District West.

Nicole Wong, Cohort 20, was promoted to Middle School College Career Coach at Luther Burbank Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Wendie Breitenfeld, Cohort 21, was promoted to Student Health and Human Services as a Systems of Support for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports/Restorative Practices in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Xochil Johansen, Cohort 21, was promoted Assistant Principal at Alliance Stern Math and Science School.

Megan Lee, Cohort 21, was promoted to Dean of Culture and Instruction at Summit K2 High School.

Sylvia Macias, Cohort 21, was promoted to Special Education Support Provide at Stevenson Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Kevin Murchie, Cohort 21, was promoted to College Advisor at Garfield High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Vu Ngo, Cohort 21, was promoted to Mastery Learning and Grading Expert for the Los Angeles Unified School District Central Office.

Juan Ocampo, Cohort 21, was promoted to Coordinator at Esperanza Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Haena Shin, Cohort 21, was promoted to K-5 Resource Teacher and Title I Designee at Brockton Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Kriscia Tejada, Cohort 21, was promoted to Dean of Students at LA Academy of Arts and Enterprise in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Danielle Vinas, Cohort 21, was promoted to Teacher Adviser for Elementary Mathematics in the Los Angeles Unified School District Local District West.

August 2021 Update

Adrian Palazuelos, Cohort 1, was promoted to Superintendent of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District.

Katherine Venturoso, Cohort 1, was the Cotsen fellowship recipient the last two years in Science.

Mario Carlos, Cohort 3, was promoted to Associate Superintendent of Human Resources in the LA Habra City School District.

Cara Schneider, Cohort 4, was promoted to Community of Schools Administrator in the Local District Northwest in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Alexis Cala, Cohort 5, was promoted to Superintendent at Bennett Valley Union School District.

Kara Heinrich-Daugherty, Cohort 5, was promoted to Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Torrance Unified School District.

Samuel Dovlatian, Cohort 7 was promoted to Principal at Hollywood High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Oksana Eitel, Cohort 7, was promoted to College and Career Readiness Coach at Richard E. Byrd Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Lilly Valdivia, Cohort 7, was promoted to Assistant Principal at Sylmar Leadership Academy and Dixie Canyon Community in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Yolanda Bueno, Cohort 8, was promoted to Administrative Coordinator in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Angella Martinez, Cohort 8, was promoted to CEO of KIPP SoCal Public School.

Strawn Holmes, Cohort 9, was promoted to Assistant Principal at La Sierra High School in the Alvord Unified School District.

Linda Butala, Cohort 10, was promoted to Assistant Principal, at City Terrace Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Stepan Mekhitarian, Cohort 10, wrote a book “The Essential Blended Learning PD Planner: Where Classroom Practice Meets Distance Learning”.

Carolina Irias Laureano, Cohort 10, was promoted to Pupil Services Fieldwork Coordinator at Local District South in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Christina Quimiro, Cohort 10, was promoted to an Instructional Coach at Wilson High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Adrienne Thomas, Cohort 11, was promoted to District Equity Officer for ABC Unified School District.

Susan Ramirez, Cohort 14, was promoted to Principal at Lake Street Primary Center in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Niki Scheppers, Cohort 14, was promoted to Community Liaison Coordinator at West Ada School District in Idaho.

Kenya Williams, Cohort 14, was promoted to Equity Director at Local District South in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Joseph Espinosa, Cohort 15, was promoted to Elementary Mathematics Coordinator in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Robert Jeffers, Cohort 15, was promoted to Principal at Central High School/Tri-C in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Carolina Martin, Cohort 15, was promoted to Assistant Principal at Alta California Elementary and Magnet School in the Los Angeles Unified School District

Trisha Farris, Cohort 16, was promoted to systems of Support Advisor at Local District Center in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Jamie Galgana, Cohort 16, was promoted to Instructional Leadership Support Specialist in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Sheena Roybal, Cohort 17, was promoted to Teacher on Assignment for Ontario-Montclair School District.

Roxana L’Heureux, Cohort 18, was promoted to Target Student Population Program Advisor at Carlos Santana Arts Academy in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Erika Moreno, Cohort 18, was promoted to Assistant Principal at Magnolia Avenue Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Karen Ogbugbulu, Cohort 18, was promoted to Principal of Citizens of the World Mar Vista Charter Middle School.

James Altuner, Cohort 19, was promoted to Assistant Principal at Washington Preparatory High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Jane Lee, Cohort 19, was promoted to TK-12 Dual Language Coordinator at Local District South in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Karen Robinson, Cohort 19, was promoted to TK-Arts Specialist in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Akunna Uka, Cohort 19, was promoted to Middle School Dean at New Roads School.

Eilene Vasquez, Cohort 19, was promoted to Coordinator of English Learner Instruction in the Los Angeles Unified School District Local District Central.

Andrew Kim, cohort 20 was promoted to Assistant Principal Elementary Instructional Services in Los Angeles Unified School District Northwest

Viridiana Moreno-Herrera, Cohort 20, was promoted to Assistant Principal, Secondary Instructional Specialist at Sun Valley High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

January 2021 Update

Angie Woo, Cohort 5, was promoted to Administrative Coordinator at the Human Resources Division in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Marisela Recendez, Cohort 11, was promoted to Principal of Foothill Elementary School in the Alvord Unified School District.

Estevan Leyva, Cohort 15, was promoted to Coordinator of Ethnic Studies, Humanities, and Related Social Sciences in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Christine Kim, Cohort 15, was promoted to Principal at Green Elementary School in the Lawndale Elementary School District.

Francisco Jimenez, Cohort 16, was promoted to Principal at Nueva Vista Visual and Arts Magnet School.

Erin Kleiner, Cohort 16, was promoted to Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the Arts and Action Community Charter Schools.

Nickie Oh-Saxon, Cohort 16, was promoted to Assistant Principal at Longden Elementary School and Emperor Elementary School in the Temple Unified School District.

Alison Boyce-Aker, Cohort 17, was promoted to Title III English Learner Coach in the Los Angeles Unified School District Local District South.

Kristyn Cota, Cohort 17, was promoted to Intervention Coordinator at Nightingale Middle School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Stephanie Cruz, Cohort 17, was promoted to Principal at PineTree Community School in Sulphur Springs School District.

Donia Horton, Cohort 17, is now working for the Cotsen Foundation as a Mentor at Playa Vista Elementary.

Erika Mugica, Cohort 17, was promoted to English Language Development Coach for Modesto City Schools.

Allison Curry, Cohort 18, was promoted to Assistant Principal at Ritter Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Katy Perkins, Cohort 18, was promoted to Administrator of School Climate and Culture at Guajome Park Academy.

Minerva Flores, Cohort 19, was promoted to Specialized Student Services Counselor, Student Support Programs, Local District Central in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Molly Morales, Cohort 19, was promoted to Project Based Learning Instructional Specialist with Stride Inc.

Andrew Kim, Cohort 20, was promoted to Problem Solving Data Coordinator / Testing Coordinator at Venice High School in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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